Category Archives: Kingdom Values

Christmas 2020: A Weary World Rejoices

O Holy night! The stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth Long lay the world in sin and error pining “Til He appears and the soul felt its worth A thrill of hope, the … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 4

If we have experienced the grace of God in Christ Jesus, then it is incumbent upon us to be gracious with others, particularly in our speech. Here are some examples of gracious speech: Words of affirmation “I respect you. You … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Gracious, Part 3

So the Bible is quite clear in proclaiming that God is a gracious God. But the implication of this truth extends to God’s people. Since the Lord is merciful and gracious, we should then be gracious in our dealings with … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Slow Down, Part 4

I want to give the last word to Jesus: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Grateful, Part 3

The word “anxiety” is derived from another word meaning “to choke” or “to cause pain by squeezing.” One of the Greek words for anxiety was used to describe the yokes that would be put on the necks of slaves in … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned: Be Grateful, Part 1

We’ve heard it hundreds of times: 2020 has been a difficult year in so many respects. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of over 250,000 Americans and has completely disrupted our way of life this year. I read a line … Continue reading

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Politics: The Ideology of Idolatry

I’m convinced that the great idolatry for many of us is our deep commitment to our political ideology. The past few months have been difficult for all of us. I’ve taken to saying things like, “We’re all playing hurt,” and … Continue reading

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Quick to Love

These words were written in 1868, but they are poignant for our time as well: Life is short. We do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us. So, be quick to … Continue reading

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What Breaks Your Heart?

What breaks your heart? I’ve been thinking about the things that get us really incensed, the sorts of things that outrage us. In my circles, I hear a lot of outrage over things like businesses requiring patrons to wear masks. … Continue reading

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Be Gracious: A Quarantine Prayer

Turn to me and be gracious to me… Psalm 86:16 Let’s face it: we’re spending a lot of time with our loved ones in close quarters these days. I’ve found myself saying this repeatedly over the past few weeks — … Continue reading

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